Welcome to the blog for Bethlehem Lutheran's 2nd grade!

Valentine's Day Party

Valentine's Day Party:
Our Valentine's Day party is coming up next Tuesday (February 14)!  Students are welcome to bring valentines (as long as they bring one for each student).  A note went home last week with more information, as well as a class list.  Look for a class list in your e-mail, as well!

LEST Preview Assembly:
LEST (Lutheran Elementary Schools Tournament) is coming up!  It takes place in Portland, OR and consists of students from 5-8 grades from all over the northwest!  The tournament includes many different things, including: vocal and instrumental music, basketball, math, science, spelling, art, writing, and more!  Our 5-8 graders have been working very hard over the last few months in order to compete.  We will be having a preview assembly on Tuesday, February 14 to highlight some of the things they have been doing.  There will also be some performances during our chapel time on Wednesday, February 15. A schedule went out in the Newslice last week, so check it out!  We hope you can come see our talented students!

Theodore Roosevelt

In reading, 2nd grade has been reading a book about President Teddy Roosevelt.  Today we read about some of the great things that President Roosevelt did as president.  We learned about his passion for nature and conservation, as well as his efforts in building the Panama Canal.  We looked at some maps to help the students understand why it is so important, and we watched a couple of videos to help the students see how it works.  Here are the videos we watched:
Panama Canal: How It Works
Panama Canal: Timelapse Video of a Trip Across It

One of the pictures in the book also showed President Roosevelt next to a giant Sequoia tree in California.  The kids couldn't wrap their brains around how big the tree was (can any of us, really?), so I looked up an image to help them understand it better.  They were amazed at how tiny humans look compared to the tree!

Movie and Popcorn Party!

Good afternoon!

I'm sure many of you heard last week--we earned our last marble!  The class has been earning marbles all year with stellar behavior and respect, and they were able to fill up a glass bowl, to the top!  They have chosen a movie and popcorn party as their prize.  Last week we voted on the movie that they would like to see.Our party will be on Thursday, February 2 after lunch.  We will be watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and eating popcorn that afternoon.  For a Christian review of this movie, click here.

If you would not like your child to view this movie during class time, please let me know as soon as possible.  You are welcome to pick them up early, or they will be given an alternative activity to do during the time. 

The kids are excited to enjoy the fruits of their hard work!

Coins for Math

We will be beginning a new math chapter next week (if we have no more snow days, Lord willing!), which is focusing on counting coins and adding and subtracting money.  In order to help connect this learning to the students' lives, I would love for them to use real money to help them count, rather than just the pictures in the math book.  If your child would like to bring in a baggie of coins (including a variety of pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and even half dollars), they can bring in a Ziploc baggie labeled with their name.  They will keep the bag in their desk and will be able to use the coins during our math lessons.  When the chapter is over, they can bring their money home OR they can put it in the chapel offering.  This is not required, but is a great way for the students to use hands-on strategies to apply their learning to their lives.

Dress Up Days and Servant Events

Good morning!  Below is the schedule for this week's dress up days and servant events.  They are fun ways to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week--what better way to celebrate being part of a Lutheran school than serving others and being goofy?!

Monday:  Ice day (dress in pajamas all day?  :P)
Tuesday:  Dress Like a Camper Day, Support our Community (make cards for Tri-City Pregnancy Network)
Wednesday:  Dress Up Day (dress fancy; free dress guidelines apply--see page 27 in the Parent/Teacher Handbook for more information)
Thursday: Spirit Wear (BL tops, jeans, sweats, sports shorts, or joggers on bottom), Support our National or Global Community (write thank you notes to our veterans)
Friday:  Indoor Olympics (dress crazy in your Indoor Olympic team colors)

Open House:
We have an open house on Thursday night!  We hope you are able to join us from 6:00-7:30 on Thursday night.  The book fair will be open at that time, as well!

National Lutheran Schools Week

National Lutheran Schools Week (NLSW) is January 22-28.  It is a week that is celebrated by Lutheran schools across the country, and is dedicated to celebrating what it means to be part of a Lutheran school.   This year we are trying something different for National Lutheran Schools Week than we have in the past.  We will only have three dress up days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).  On Tuesday and Thursday, we will be focusing on service projects.  The information is below.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  :)

Monday (1.23.17) Dress Like a Camper Day:  on behalf on the Scholastic Book Fair theme: Happy Camper-Smore Fun with Books

Tuesday (1.24.17) Support Our Community (service projects in individual classes)

Wednesday  (1.25.17)  Dressed Up Day (dress fancy--free dress standards apply--see the handbook for more information)

Thursday (1.26.17)  Support Our National or Global Community (service projects in individual classes)

Friday (1.27.17)  Indoor Olympics; dress according to your team colors and name

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers needed!  Book Fair is coming up!  Jan 22-27!  
The Book Fair will be open before, during, and after school all week.  Anytime you could volunteer there will be help needed!  

 Specific needs:
 ~Set up: Friday Jan 20th immediately after school (3:10)
 ~Class Previews: Mon, Jan 23: Extra help all day, but LOTS of help for Pre-K preview 10:25-10:45am.  All you do is help a couple little buddies write down the books they would like their parents to consider buying for them.
~Open House Thurs, Jan 26th 5:45-7:30pm
~Wrapping up the fair and taking it down: Fri Jan 27 starting about noon.  We will need to complete teacher book lists, pull books to be purchased for the library, and pack up the fair.
~During the week busy times (extra help appreciated!) Tues-Thurs will be 10:10-10:30 (first recess) and 11:15-12:45 (both wings lunches and recess)

Please contact Jeanette Allwardt to sign up or with any questions
 509-374-1207 (text ok)

About Mrs. Picker

Mrs. Rebekah Picker grew up just across the river in Hermiston, Oregon. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Church Work. In May of 2014, Rebekah received her Master of Education degree from Heritage University. This is her seventh year at Bethlehem. Rebekah is married to David, who works as a sales representative in the Tri-Cities area. She also has a daughter and a son on the way (due in September). Fun fact: Rebekah is a mirror-image twin, meaning that she is right-handed and her identical twin is left-handed.